Membership Categories


The AEC distinguishes two types of membership categories: Active Membership and Associate Membership. Active and Associate members are defined by criteria listed below. In all but one of the actions and interactions of the AEC, there is no distinction whatsoever made between the statuses of the two types of member. The one exception concerns voting rights at the AEC’s annual General Assembly, an event which takes place during the Congress. The AEC Statutes state that these are confined to Active Members, although Associate Members are welcome to attend, and participate in, the discussions of the Assembly. Associate Members pay the lowest level of annual membership fee and have all other rights and privileges of membership in common with Active Members.

Active membership

Any conservatoire, academy or university of music, Musikhochschule or other equivalent institution in Europe*, in which curricula of professional orientation and quality, aimed at training students for the music profession, are designed, administered and delivered.

  1. This is taken to mean that the institution is engaged in the delivery of programmes, some of which are above Level 4 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) or its equivalent, and meet the broad description of such programmes contained in the AEC/Tuning Handbook: ‘Reference Points for the Design and Delivery of Degree Programmes in Music’
  2. Europe is taken to mean the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) plus those countries identified for increased cooperation under the European Neighbourhood Policy.

Associate membership

This is described in the AEC Statutes as:

  1. Institutions outside Europe that provide the same level of training as indicated in article 4.2 above.
  2. Organisations both in and outside Europe, other than those indicated in article 4.2, which are active in, or have a connection to, wider aspects of training for the music profession. 

For example:

  • Higher education institutions in which music is taught, but not with the particular professional emphasis found in conservatoires and their equivalents;
  • Institutions active in training for the music profession, but only at the levels below higher education;
  • Institutions and organisations dealing with the music profession in any or all of its forms, part of whose work has clear connections with higher music education and its institutions.

Information brochure on AEC membership

More information about membership (including the list of the membership fees) and how to apply can be found under the following links, in English, French and German: